At a special meeting this morning, the Halifax County School District Board of Education reinstated the contract of Dr. Elease Frederick. Only four board members were in attendance at the district offices in Halifax. Board members Claude Cooper, Carolyn Hawkins, Chairwoman Debbie Hardy, and Dr. Donna Hunter voted unanimously to reinstate Superintendent Frederick. Ann McColl, an attorney with Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP, is representing the superintendent.
Absent from the meeting were board members Susie Lynch-Evans, Vice Chairwoman Joyce Lashley, and Charles Hedgepeth, the only three members who remained present at the last board meeting during the vote to terminate the superintendent’s contract.
At that meeting, Hedgepeth and Lashley voted to fire the superintendent, with Lynch-Evans voting against, according to Hedgepeth.
The short meeting, lasting only about 10 minutes, was standing-room only with the crowd spilling out into the hallway outside the board room. At the unanimous vote reinstating Frederick, the crowd gave the superintendent a standing ovation.
After the vote, the board presented Frederick with a bouquet of flowers. The superintendent then gave a short speech thanking the board and her supporters.
EdNC’s Alex Granados will be reporting in-depth on the meeting and what the reinstatement means for Halifax County next week.